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Phone App Breathing Exercises Help Respiratory Muscle Strength

Breathing exercises via a mobile app help improve respiratory muscle strength and mobility in the diaphragm in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study says. The study, “Respiratory muscle training program supplemented by a cell-phone application in COPD patients with severe airflow limitation,” was published…

Vigorous Physical Activity May Help Lessen Heart Dysfunction

In people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the ability of the heart both to beat faster during physical exercise and to slow down after a workout is impaired, a new study suggests. The results indicate that such heart dysfunction is less severe in patients who engage more regularly…

Yardley Pulmonary Center Brings Comprehensive Care to South Florida

The Catherine Yardley Comprehensive Pulmonary Center has officially opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to provide high-quality, cutting-edge care to individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung conditions. The establishment of the center, part of Holy Cross Health, was made possible by a $2 million donation…

Respira’s Remote Device May Aid Timely Care for Lung Disorders

A new wearable device can remotely assess lung function in patients and, if federally approved, may help with the early diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and COVID-19. The wearable device, called Sylvee, is worn on the lower part of the rib cage and monitors…

Blowing Cool Air on Face Can Ease Breathlessness While Walking

A hand-held fan blowing air on the face eased breathlessness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during short periods of low-intensity walking exercise, a small study reports. “Our positive preliminary findings suggest that fan therapy merits further investigation in larger and more methodologically rigorous studies,” the researchers…

Simple, Low-cost Tests May Help Identify Undiagnosed COPD in China

Low-cost screening involving a questionnaire and a breathing test may help identify patients with undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study conducted in China has found. Among the combinations tested, the Chinese symptom-based questionnaire (C-SBQ) combined with microspirometry — a test that measures how much air a patient…

Antibiotics in Combo Appear More Effective at Killing Bacteria in Lungs

A combination of antibiotics may be more effective at killing harmful bacteria in the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are having disease exacerbations, or flare-ups, than single-antibiotic therapies, a study based on a trial’s findings reports. However, the study found no difference between combination…

Wellinks Raises $25M to Boost Access to Its Digital Healthcare Tools

Wellinks, a digital healthcare company, has closed a $25-million funding round to expand access to its integrated, virtual management system for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It offers a combination of pulmonary rehabilitation with personalized coaching and monitoring through connected devices, such as the Flyp nebulizer, spirometer, and…